The Music Of Nature

Nature is musical. It has tempo, beat, harmony, melody and rhythm. It has patterns and creates atmosphere. Taking the time to really listen to the music of nature is worthwhile. The sounds of the forest, the ocean, the weather, the birds and the beasts are earth's orchestral gifts to us. The intonations of the natural world are complex yet exude a simple beauty. Making music with instruments is only an attempt to mimic or complete what nature already provides as sheet music. It is pure and spiritual. It lifts us from everyday life crowded with noise and makes us part of a larger and more peaceful symphony.

WEATHER -

WIND - Listen to the wind. It makes awesome music in its different environments. The wind can whistle and the wind can moan. It can howl and whine in a dramatic way. It is much like a violin starting softly and reaching crescendo. Sometimes the wind's music is accompanied by the clanging sounds of wires against masts at the boat harbor or the snapping sounds of flags at its mercy. Sometimes it is more like a flute whistling through cracks and causing an eerie effect. The wind in the trees is gentle like a lullaby and it is soft like a piano in the meadow grasses.

RAIN - Zen master Morimoto Roshi once said "The sound of rain needs no translation". He was right. Rain has rhythm and it has an irregular beat. The sound of rain on the roof can be soothing and calming. Creating the sound of falling rain was once believed by several cultures to bring forth a storm. A hollow cactus, dried by the sun, was used. The spines were then removed and driven back into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects were added and the ends sealed off. When the cactus was turned, it sounded like rain. Music pours like rain and there is no more peaceful melody.

THUNDER - Thunder is percussion. It can be a low rumble or a sharp loud crack. It is the king of weather music commanding the skies like a conductor. Like drums are the backbone of a band, thunder is the awaited climax of a storm. It can be like the cymbals punctuating nature's rhythm. Greek philosopher Aristotle first speculated in the 3rd century BC that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. It's easy to envision a celestrial orchestra building momentum to the point of crashing thunder.

SNOW - What makes snow musical is its softness of sound. It is like a silent movie in its quiet movement. But is snow silent? Listen and you can hear the patter of icy snow pellets on a tarp or the hiss of snow blowing across a field. You can hear the crunch of it under your feet. Mostly, in the stillness of falling snow, the sound you hear is like using a brush on a drum creating a swishing beat. There is nothing more beautiful than the metallic tinkle of crisp snowflakes as they make their music through the trees.


CRITTERS -

BIRDS - Birds are the divas of the natural music world. They warble, whistle and sing their hearts out proudly. Some birds' arias are well-known and recognizable. Birdsong runs the gamut from opera-like performance to ditties to hard rock (think bluejays). The musical nature of birds has for centuries been a source of inspiration to classical composers as well as other music genres. Some birds are masters of mimic and can imitate the calls of 20 different species of other birds and also forest sounds they hear. Music has no better teacher than our avian friends. To hear some bird calls check out this link - http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp


INSECTS - Unless they are in the house, the songs of insects are often taken for granted. Yet they provide the background for nature's concert like a violin. Crickets are the first insect that comes to mind when thinking about insect song. But there are several species that emit melodic sound. They are the instrumentals to nature's orchestra. They are God's tiny gifts to the harmony of the earth. Bee's buzz and mosquitoes whine but it is the crickets, katydids and cicadas that compose. Here are some sounds you may have forgotten - http://www.songsofinsects.com/


FROGS - The sounds of toads and frogs are numerous yet we rarely credit what we hear as coming from the mostly unseen amphibian. Bull frogs are the kings, the tuba you can't ignore. Many frog songs are like a lament both sorrowful and sweet. In some environments, they compliment each other creating a tempo in the night music. Frogs whistle and cry. They trill and they bark. All of it adds up to a free concert to appreciate. Here is a link to some wonderful frog song - http://www.leaps.ms/soundpage.htm


OTHER ANIMALS - The world is populated with so many unique creatures. Each one of them has its purpose in the natural realm. The howl of the wolf or coyote keeps us in touch with wilderness. The mooing of cows on the farm or the chatter of a busy squirrel add variety and interest to earth's wonderful recital. Even the fishes of the oceans make music. The underwater world is pretty vocal and many species have a unique song. http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound/gallery.cfm


WATER -

OCEAN - Ocean waves and sound waves have a lot in common though sound waves are harder to see. There are crests and troughs in both. They are the energy of motion. Classical composers like Chopin were inspired by the ocean waves' constant caress of the shore. The pulse of the tides is as much alive as the notes of a piano. The ocean is the maestro that calms and soothes yet possesses enough awesome power to startle and surprise.

 

BROOKS - Writer Robert Brault once said, " If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines." The beauty of brook music is in its continuity. As it murmurs and bubbles over rocks and stones, it soothes like a harp and makes the forest a living place. A babbling brook captures the essence of musical composition. It is dynamic, rhythmic and melodic. A brook chatters over stony passes in little trebles and sharps.

 

WATERFALLS - Waterfalls can be thunderous and booming. They demand attention like the roll of the drums. They can be gentle and graceful like the flute of an angel. Waterfalls are an art form in every way. They are the classical in music, the Beethovan of the natural world. In the presence of them, the stress and routine of life disappear. Their awesome power is not only visual but auditory and they are the sound of the music of the gods. http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/index.html

 

RIVERS - Music and rivers have much in common. They compliment each other. They both flow through time nourishing life along the way. Rivers have sustained us throughout history but they also inspire us. We sing of it and in doing so reflect the nature of humanity. Rivers are contemporary as well as nostalgic. Their music is what they bring forth in our hearts in their mightiness. Rivers are timeless like good music. Heraclitus of Ephesus once said "You can never step into the same river: for new waters are always flowing on to you".

 

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"Nature's music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions." Mary Webb

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Beautiful hub, Suziecat, nothing like the natural sounds of nature.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Hi Putz - no nothing like it at all. Thanks for commenting.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

We know that whales and dolphins communicate. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could communicate with them?

The whale video is amazing. Thanks for this hub.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

It is the beautiful sounds of nature that truly make me relax. Beautiful hub.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

drbj - yes, it would be great to talk to the animals though I do believe my dogs talk to me all the time. Thanks for reading.


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Skin Care Beauty 6 years ago

Lovely Susie, this hub made me relax and really think about the sounds of nature.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

BP - No wonder so many people are uptight. We just don't take the time to be in nature and listen. Thanks for stopping by.


loriamoore 6 years ago

Yes, nature has its own rhythm. Very nice hub.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Now this is what life is all about, I love this hub and this is how I live my life. I tell people I like to hear the sound of Earth, not TV or the car radio, silence give you the truth, of what it sounds like inside of our bodies as well as all the sounds of nature. Thank you so much for this most wonderful hub. You are a star...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

The moment I saw the title of this hub, I new I was going to love it! It did not disappoint! I'm rating it up and beautiful!

Amazing sounds. Who doesn't have a special memory or three of natural sounds which have haunted or delighted us during our life here on earth? And your wonderful hub is such a lovely gentle reminder of them. In Southwest Texas I'm always moved by the music of wind in the canyons. And if anyone has been to the Grand Canyon - there is nothing to compare with the sounds it creates with the winds.

Lovely hub and thank you!!!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

loriamoore - thanks so much stopping by.

Darlene - Yes, we live in a noisy world. If only we would stop more to listen. Thanks so much for commenting.

Nellieanna - I love the sound of the thunder here in the mountains. It rolls and rumbles down the mountain like a living thing. Wind can be so haunting. Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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kgnature 6 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful hub. Thanks!!


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

I love to listen to sounds of nature. It calms the troubled seas of the soul. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Beautiful & so true. Thank you for an enjoyable read.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Beautiful. It pays to think about the weather etc from a different standpoint. You instead of just it soaked me etc.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great inspirational concepts - I personally love weather not to mention all of the creatures of the world! I am a very sensory oriented person I guess because everything speaks to me. Thanks for a beautiful hub on those things that I happen to love!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I love that Zen rain quote. Great post!


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oishi 6 years ago

That was great and soothing. Music , colours and everything beautiful have come from Nature. Robert Brault is so right - yes, God reveals Himself through Nature.


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deepthought 6 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

This is a really good hub suziecat. Thank you for reminding us of the simplicity of life and the beautiful music it makes


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Carolina muscle - yes, great quote though I'm not very Zen. I hope you checked out the link to "world of waterfalls". You'll love it.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

oishi - (love that name, by the way) - thanks for reading.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

deepthought - we do make life so complicated, don't we, when it's the awesome but simple things that make music. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful hub! I sleep every night to the sound of rain - on my sound machine!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I simply love this Hub! As a musician I am very attuned to the sounds of nature. I don't miss much she has to offer and I love her music. Thank you for this pleasure!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

habee- Well, i don't have a sound machine but I live in the woods and sometimes the sounds are awesome. I'm very fond of the peepers. Thanks for reading.


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Rose Kolowinski 6 years ago

I love your symphony! The sounds of nature are indeed special and the ones who don't take the time to stop and listen are missing out. Thanks for a great hub!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Wow! What a beautiful hub! I love the sounds of nature too! They really create such beautiful music.

The sound of rain and waves usually lull me to sleep.

Thanks for this beautiful hub suzie!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Beautiful hub and subject...my mom loves to listen to "nature" music. I'll have to share this with her. Thanks, suzie!


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I love this article! Your are right there is no music like nature's music. How many of us can find the time to turn off all radios and TV and just listen to the birds, rain, thunder and the wind. This article is a Thumbs up!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

James - I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Rose - it's nice to hear from you.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Jill - yes, the sounds of nature are peaceful and sometimes sleep-inducing. Thank you so much for commenting.


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deepthought 6 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

I'm happy I did thanks


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

suziecat7, brilliant, what more can I say?-thank you.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

D.A.L. - Thanks for reading and the compliment.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub I have a boxset called the sounds of nature which is awesome and fits in perfectly here :)


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

They are awesome sounds, Billy. Thanks for stopping by.


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epigramman 6 years ago

that's it - I am moving in - and living here at this hub - how much is rent?

This is why God invented humans so humans could invent hubs like this - and oh yeah he also invented nature - but it's the nature of mankind (womankind too) to be able to appreciate and exploit what we have and in a good way - if I am rambling here - that's a good thing too - you see I just arrived home and I am watching the daylight come up over the lake - and that's music in itself!!!


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charlesroring 6 years ago

I like reading this hub because I also like listening to the sounds of nature. This is good for personal meditation and reflection. Every time I go hiking in the mountains or along the beach I like to sit for a while to listen to the sounds of nature. It has unique sounds depending on where we are. A memorable experience that I always remember was when I did short meditation inside caves in the Table Mountain of Manokwari.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Awesome! The music of nature is the most beautiful of symphonies. Awesome. There is just nothing else to call it. Definitely getting voted up by this writer. You always put so much into each hub. Somewhat the artist, you are. (:v


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

This past weekend, I spent some time at my sister's house. They have a huge pond and the bull frogs were singing all night. What a wonderful sound, like bass fiddles! I loved it! Lovely hub!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I for one love the music of nature...most esp. since I am an auditory person LOL During our wellness workshop, I loved playing the rain stick! That's one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring hub, one that reminds us to enjoy the awesome gift of nature! Blessings, love and light :)


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Epigramman - thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to stop by.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

charlesroring - Nature sounds are restorative. Thanks for reading.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks, Valerie.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Dolores - my neighbor has a pond so I know what you mean about the bullfrogs - so cool.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

You know how much I love nature from reading my hubs. Loved this one of yours showcasing the various sounds of nature. That rain stick video was interesting! And in the last video, that chorus surely does imitate the sounds of rain! We have a resident toad in our backyard that makes his special sounds each evening and night. Rather nice!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Peggy - thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Suzie...your article brought back memories from my childhood..the sound of rain falling on a tin roof at my grandmother's house. There's nothing like it. I live in the city now. We barely see the stars at night and nature is something that lives outside of the city limits. I need to get out more! LOL. Thanks for reminding me of all the nice things about and the music that it offers! WB


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Wayne - yes, get out for a day or two. I luckily live in the woods so the sound are there. Thank you so much for reading.


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TIME-TO-LIVE 5 years ago from SOUTH CAROLINA.

I LOVE THIS HUB THE WIND HARP WAS AMAZING IT IS THE FIRST

TIME I EVER SEEN ONE I MIGHT HAVE TO BUILD MYSELF ONE

THANKS, TIME-TO-LIVE


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Time-To-Live - Make sure you share photos when you build one. It is a lovely thing. Thanks so much for reading.


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flinchwymer 5 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

Beautiful. I can really identify with this. No sound can match those made by nature. A great read and some great sounds.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks Flinchwymer - I'm glad you enjoyed.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow!

I missed this first time around. I'm so glad Website Examiner reviewed and recommended it.

I have loud tinnitus and nature's sounds are very effective in drowning it out. When I go to bed, I flip on a cd player that plays the recorded sounds of an actual thunderstorm. It both cancels the tinnitus and lulls me to sleep.

This is a wonderful Hub Suzzanne, and I see why it was recommended.

Up and awesome!

Will Starr


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks, Will Starr. It was one of my favorites to write.


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Sembj 5 years ago

The Hub was quite lovely - thanks.


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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

What a beautiful hub. I, too, love the sounds of nature. So calming. Thanks for sharing.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

I love what you have done with this Hub. Especially the way you have included utube. Bravo! I have so much to learn.


Piano Tuners Pittsburgh 5 years ago

Very interesting hub. I will be reading more of your work soon.


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all for reading - I appreciate it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi suzie, what a wonderful hub, you have described the sounds of nature so beautifully.

I know I will read this again and again.

Wonderful, thank you for sharing and voting up.

Best wishes MM


stessily 4 years ago

suzie, Nature's sounds speak to my heart and "color" my day, each and every day. You have beautifully spotlighted an array of natural sounds. The sounds of fire crackling while sparks fly upwards, of all the ranges expressed by the wind, of the lightness or intensity of rain, and especially of waves lapping or pounding on shores are sounds which I treasure. I also love that you mentioned snow, because snowflakes have sometimes made a soft sigh as they landed on my eyelashes or on my face. And, of course, the sounds of all the occupants on this planet are mysterious and beautiful. The songs of whales are among my favorites.

This is an absolutely exquisite presentation!

I will be back to bask in this treasury.


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

suzie, this is officially one of my most favorite hubs. Absolutely stunning visuals, explanations, and layout. I love nature and all that it brings. What a glorious reminder that we need to stop, look and listen to the beauty that surrounds us every day! I loved the video of the "Rain Choir"... simply put... AMAZING! thank you! Sharing and Thumbs up! Lisa


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thanks, Lisa. Nature is the best of all music. Thanks for reading.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

suzie: The accolades are many, and I have to agree, this hub is beautiful. You have captured the sounds of nature and of sweet nature's symphony quite well. If we are just quiet and listen to nature it can bring so much peace and peacefulness. I am always amazed by nature and the songs it sings to us as you so lovely say. Thanks for an uplifting hub. Voted up!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

What a beautiful writer you are and your nature hubs (like this one) touch that magic place inside me. I can't help myself, I have to share, share, share them. The videos were a wonderful addition to this hub. I'm clicking "follow" on the way out. I want more, more, more like this. :-)


sarosh kumar 3 years ago

I loved reading this wonderful article here...


Lesleysherwood 3 years ago

How beautiful. I found this hub a good reminder to slow down and LISTEN to nature. Thank you.


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Thank you all so much.


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Sheri Faye 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

That is so well said ...wow...and I love the little silences between the notes of nature.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I enjoyed this immensely. The flow is beautiful, and you are so right with your topic--the music of nature is everywhere. If I were to lose my eyesight and hearing, I would no longer be alive.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful article, suziecat7! I love all your descriptions of the sounds of nature. Thank you so much for creating the hub.


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Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

Beautiful article... what else can I say:)


Alison 11 months ago

Brilliant article! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

I started looking for nature sounds on youtube, because I was so fascinated of the effect of them. I found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PljqEKkxR3Y&index=...

It´s the sound of a river/waterfall and it´s really accurate. have a look/listen at it, if you´re interested. They also have many other videos of that type, which are relaxing and accurate as well. I can only recommend them. :)

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